OCEANS WITHOUT BORDERS – PROTECTING OUR MARINE ECO-SYSTEMS
With an increasing number of factors affecting the health of the world’s marine resources, and experts predicting the collapse of global fisheries by 2048, Oceans Without Borders (OWB) is a partnership between Africa Foundation and andBeyond focusing on the protection and sustainability of our seas.
Through research, conservation initiatives, and collaborating with community and governments, OWB aims to strengthen the current conservation status and grow community development opportunities on the Islands of Benguerra and Vamizi (Mozambique) and Mnemba (Zanzibar).
The vision of Oceans Without Borders is of:
- Established and dynamic marine reserves and marine protected areas encompassing ‘take and no-take zones’ that maintain their biological productivity.
- Conservation areas that support sustainable marine fisheries and similar community enterprises and also contribute to the ecological enhancement of the greater areas associated with OWB.
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TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE TO TREASURE THEIR WILDERNESS
Through generous donations from andBeyond guests, Africa Foundation is able to sponsor conservation education for students and teachers from disadvantaged schools surrounding local game reserves. Examples of conservation education include conservation debates in the classroom, conservation-based curricula such as the Eco-Schools programme, and conservation lessons – which enable students to enter local reserves on a hosted game drive with andBeyond game rangers. The rangers offer their knowledge about local fauna and flora and educate rural children on animal poaching realities, and ways to conserve their environment.
Surprisingly, most local school children have never been inside their neighbouring conservation area and have never seen an elephant or a lion. Many students report that their lives were changed when they realised what was on the other side of the game fence. Over the years, Africa Foundation has learned that this exposure is essential to building relationships between rural communities and their natural, wild neighbourhood so that the communities understand the tangible and intangible benefits of conserving this precious resource.
RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS – PROTECTING AN ENDANGERED MEMBER OF AFRICA’S BIG FIVE
With rhino poaching at an all-time high in South Africa, Africa Foundation has joined forces with andBeyond, and their conservation partner Great Plains, to safely translocate 100 rhino from South Africa to havens in Botswana, through the Rhinos Without Borders initiative.
Botswana has been carefully selected for its extremely low poaching rates, thanks in part to its military-style anti-poaching unit, which has a “no tolerance” policy when encountering potential threats. Each rhino, when translocated, will be fitted with specially design telemetry devices for ongoing research and monitoring purposes.
With the help of generous donations, Rhinos Without Borders has been able to successfully translocate two batches of rhino from South Africa, and release them in a safe haven within Botswana.
To learn more about Rhinos Without Borders, please go to www.rhinoswithoutborders.com
Africa Foundation, in partnership with andBeyond, support a range of conservation programmes aiming to protect the wildlife at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.
- Rhino Notching, Monitoring and Dehorning.
- Elephant Monitoring and Population Management.
- Cheetah and Lion Disease Protection.
- Spotted Hyena Tracking.